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Posted in Portfolio and CV on January 1, 2007 by joder24

The War in Josh Back’s Head (Profile of Iraq soldier with PTSD, Cincinnati Magazine)

The Border Trilogy, Part 3 (Mexico’s narco world, San Diego Magazine)

The Border Trilogy, Part 2 (Mexico’s narco world, San Diego Magazine)

The Border Trilogy, Part 1 (Mexico’s narco world, San Diego Magazine)

An American Story (Profile of Marine Corps Colonel Patrick Malay, Buffalo Spree Magazine)

The Lore of Manny Lopez (Many Lopez Profile, San Diego Magazine)

Down and Out in Balboa Park (homeless article, San Diego Magazine)

A Sewer Runs Through It (the Bajagua debacle, San Diego Magazine)

Failed Expectations (substitute teaching story, San Diego Magazine)

Lady Dottie Sings the Blues (Blues singing Diva, San Diego Magazine)

Old School Poker (Chula Vista card room, San Diego Magazine)

A Smuggler’s Life (human smuggling in Baja California, San Diego Magazine)

Urban Cowboys (a day in the life of a tow truck driver, San Diego Magazine)

Destiny, Dynasty and the Copleys, Part I of II (story of the Union-Tribune, San Diego Magazine)

The Paper Chase, Part II of II (story of the Union-Tribune, San Diego Magazine)

The Fire Diary (wildfire coverage, San Diego Magazine)

Forgiving Tom Wolfe (chronicle of San Diego’s Pump House Gang, San Diego Magazine)

Soy Latino (a look at San Diego’s Latino community, San Diego Magazine)

The Devil and Gary Aguirre (Gary Aguirre’s battle with the SEC, San Diego Magazine)

Cynicism, Criticism and San Diego’s Redevelopment (investigation, Centre City Development Corporation, San Diego Magazine)

Saved by the Stripper (dancer turned evangelist, San Diego Magazine)

The Artful Ambassadors (Paint Night Group art circle, San Diego Magazine)

The Ring of Truth (female boxing star, San Diego Magazine)

The Testimony of Thomas Warwick (attorney profile, San Diego Magazine)

Stopping Traffic (human trafficking, San Diego Magazine)

The Other Circus (underground carny, San Diego Magazine)

The Harder They Fall (city hall investigation, San Diego Magazine)

Will Your Next Vote Count? (electronic voting investigation, San Diego Magazine)

A Church Divided (Catholic Church investigation, San Diego Magazine)

When the Barons Were Born (round table discussion with San Diego elders, San Diego Magazine)

Worlds Collide (electronic music meets organized crime, San Diego CityBeat)

Gang Land San Diego (gang violence investigation, San Diego CityBeat)

Gangland America (part two of gang violence investigation, San Diego CityBeat)

On Kerry’s Honor (story of a San Diego Swift Boat Veteran, San Diego CityBeat)

Who Is Jorge Hank Rhon? (profile of Tijuana mayor and reputed gangster, San Diego CityBeat)

In Full Bloom (feature profile of surfing phenom, San Diego CityBeat)

‘Twisted and Maniacal’: Hanging out at a Hillcrest taco shack with Greg Palast (San Diego CityBeat)

Deadly Force (a look at police training, San Diego CityBeat)

Don’t Believe the Hype (sharks off the coast of California, San Diego CityBeat)

Motley Crowd Protests Noisily Amidst Presidential Protection (protest coverage, San Diego CityBeat)

Bush Vs. Twain (theatre preview, San Diego CityBeat)

Have Paint Will Travel (graffity clean-up crew, San Diego CityBeat)

Getting it Right (education, San Diego CityBeat)

Great Expectations (Marine Corps job fair, San Diego CityBeat)

A Ray Street Time Capsule (San Diego CityBeat)

Put THIS in Your Article (band feature, San Diego CityBeat)

The Story of America (San Diego’s Chaldean community, San Diego CityBeat)



Posted in Portfolio and CV on January 1, 2007 by joder24

1413 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 971-9644

Aug 2008 Master’s of English, Comparative Literature
San Diego State University
June 2001 Advanced Spanish Diploma (level 5 of 5)
C.E.E. Idiomas: Trinity College accredited school
Madrid, Spain
24 Nov 2000 TEFL Certification: Trinity College – The Language Institute
Pontevedra, Spain
5 Dec 1998 Bachelors of Arts: English – University of North Carolina
at Wilmington (creative writing)
5 Dec 1998 Bachelors of Arts: Spanish – University of North Carolina
at Wilmington
Fall 1996 Study Abroad: Universidad de Cantabria; Santander, Spain
(Spanish art, history, and architecture)


Oct ’08-           Iraq assignment (SD Magazine assignment)
June ’09           Anbar Province and Baghdad, Iraq

Oct ’06-           San Diego Magazine, San Diego, CA
Sept ’08           Web Editor

Feb ’05-          San Diego Magazine, San Diego, CA
Present           Lead investigative reporter

March ’03-    San Diego CityBeat (alternative weekly paper), San Diego, CA

Present           Freelance writer

Sep ’02-          San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

June ’06         Substitute teacher

April ’02-       Woodburn School District, Woodburn, OR
July ’02           Bilingual substitute teacher

Feb ’02-          Northwest Builder Magazine, Portland, OR
April ’02         Staff Writer

Jan ’02-          Frederick News-Post, Frederick, MD
Feb ’02            Short term fill-in, Sports Desk

Oct ’00-         Telephone Teaching, Madrid, Spain
Jan ’02          Teach English at various businesses in Madrid

May ’00-        Miami Herald, Miami, FL
Oct ’00           Freelance reporter

Nov ’98-          Key West Citizen, Key West, FL
May ’00          Sports and lifestyles staff writer, notable investigative
reports (freelance for Solares Hill newspaper and
contributing writer for the Big Pine Free Press)


Tom Blair, Editor, San Diego Magazine
San Diego, CA (619) 230-9292;
Sarah Gatling, former editor, Big Pine Free Press
Key West, FL (352) 684-9820
Shirleen Holt former Editor, Northwest Builder
Seattle, WA (206-718-3232)
Mandy Bolen City Desk, Key West Citizen
Key West, FL (305) 294-6641


• Three year (and counting) volunteer as a Big Brother with San Diego County Big Brothers/Big Sisters program (contact: Wanida Maertz,


• Spanish, fluent – read, write and speak


Best Of Show


(Northwest Builder Magazine, Miami Herald and Key West Citizen clips
Clips available upon request)


2003 – First place article, San Diego Press Club
Sports – The Boxer
First place article, San Diego Press Club
Political Writing – The Border
2004- First place article, San Diego Press Club
Investigative Reporting – Gangland San Diego
Second place article, San Diego Press Club
Series – Gangland San Diego
First Place article, San Diego Press Club
Political/Government – Who is Jorge Hank Rhon?
Third Place article – San Diego Press Club
Hard Feature / Magazine – A Smuggler’s Life
2005- Best of Show / Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
The Paper Chase
Honorable Mention / S.D. Press Club
A Church Divided
Honorable Mention / (SPJ)

Old School Poker

2006- Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism (awarded after being arrested in the interest of an ongoing story)

Best of Show (all categories) / (SPJ)
Down and Out in Balboa Park
First Place / investigative (SPJ)
Down and Out in Balboa Park
Honorable Mention / Politics (SPJ)
The Harder They Fall
2007- Writer of the Year—runner up; City and Regional
Magazine Association (CRMA)
– 2nd place – Investigation (SD Press Club)
– 2nd place – Profile (SD Press Club)
– Honorable Mention (SD Press Club)